BEING FERVENTFrom The Heart
Publish date: 08/07/2016
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Romans 12:9-13 KJV
Dictionary definition of “Fervent”:
Fervent means: having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit; feeling; enthusiasm; hot; burning; glowing. The adjective fervent and the noun fervor are often associated with the feelings aroused by patriotism, religion, or a belief that you support or oppose. A near synonym for the adjective is ardent. Fervent is from Middle English, from Old French, from the Latin verb fervere "to boil, glow.
1. Fervent In Life.
a. Romans 12:11 – “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.”
b. Serve the Lord with ALL your heart.
c. Be fervent in spirit.
d. Do not be slothful in business.
e. Proverbs 12:24 AMP – “The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slothful will be put to forced labor.”
f. Proverbs 22:29 AMP – “Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”
g. Ecclesiastes 9:10a AMP – “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.”
2. Fervent towards man.
a. Be fervent in good works - fervent to do good works.
b. 2 Corinthians 7:6-7 KJV – “Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus; 7 And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.”
c. 1 Peter 1:22 KJV – “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.”
d. 1 Peter 4:8 AMP – “Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others].”
e. Let your love be sincere – a real thing. Love your fellow believers sincerely, without hypocrisy.
f. Hate what is evil – loathe all ungodliness. Turn in horror from wickedness, but hold fast to that which is good.
g. Love one another with brotherly affection – as members of one family - giving precedence and showing honor to one another.
h. Contribute to the needs of God's people – sharing in the necessities of the saints - pursue the practice of hospitality.
i. Have a zeal to give and share and bless.
j. 2 Corinthians 9:2 KJV – “For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.”
3. Fervent towards God.
a. Fervent towards His Word, His Will, and His way.
b. Fervent towards His Church
c. Acts 18:25 KJV – “This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord…”
d. He was burning with spiritual zeal.
e. Romans 12:11 AMP – “Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord.”
4. Fervent in Prayer.
a. Pressing in, in prayer.
b. Be steadfast and patient in tribulation.
c. Be constant in prayer.
d. Romans 12:12 AMP – “Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.”
e. Colossians 4:12-13 KJV – “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. 13 For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.”
f. James 5:16 KJV – “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
g. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working] (AMP).